[frit-er] /ˈfrɪt ər/
verb (used with object)
to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away):
to fritter away one’s money; to fritter away an afternoon.
to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
verb (used without object)
to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by away):
to watch one’s fortune fritter away.
to separate or break into fragments:
a plastic material having a tendency to fritter.
a small piece, fragment, or shred.
[frit-er] /ˈfrɪt ər/
a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed.
(usually foll by away) to waste or squander: to fritter away time
to break or tear into small pieces; shred
a small piece; shred
a piece of food, such as apple or clam, that is dipped in batter and fried in deep fat
“whittle away,” 1728, from fritters “fragment or shred,” possibly from a noun sense, but this is not recorded as early as the verb; perhaps an alteration of 16c. fitters “fragments or pieces,” perhaps ultimately from Old French fraiture “a breaking,” from Latin fractura. Or perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German vetze “clothes, rags”).
“fried batter,” late 14c., from Old French friture “fritter, pancake, something fried” (12c.), from Late Latin frictura “a frying,” from frigere “to roast, fry” (see fry (v.)).
[free-toh mee-stoh; Italian freet-taw mee-staw] /ˈfri toʊ ˈmi stoʊ; Italian ˌfrit tɔ ˈmi stɔ/ noun, Italian Cookery. 1. small pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried.
An excess of capability that serves no productive end. The canonical example is font-diddling software on the Mac (see macdink); the term describes anything that eats huge amounts of time for quite marginal gains in function but seduces people into using it anyway. See also window shopping. [Jargon File]
[frits] /frɪts/ Informal. Verb phrases 1. fritz out, to become inoperable. Idioms 2. on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night. [frits] /frɪts/ noun 1. Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier. 2. a male given name. [mon-deyl] /ˈmɒnˌdeɪl/ noun 1. Walter Frederick (“Fritz”) born […]
/Italian friˈuːli/ noun 1. a historic region of SW Europe, between the Carnic Alps and the Gulf of Venice: the W part (Venetian Friuli) was ceded by Austria to Italy in 1866 and Eastern Friuli in 1919; in 1947 Eastern Friuli (except Gorizia) was ceded to Yugoslavia